TUG Buzz! for March 4, 2014


  1. TUG Meeting of Members - March 19
  2. TEC 2014 - Speaker Profile
  3. TUG Golf Classic 2014 - June 26
  4. iDev Cloud
  5. Message from a TUG Gold Sponsor Member

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Meeting of Members

Admission: Free to all TUG members ($40 non-members)

Register for the next TUG MoM at: www.tug.ca/reg_meet_form.php


Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Speaker: Linda Swan (IBM, Senior Software Engineer)
Schedule: 5:00 pm - DB2 for i Performance - Utilizing DB2 for i More Efficiently
6:00 pm - Social & buffet dinner
7:00 pm - 2 for i Indexing Strategy
Meeting location: SAVOY Conference Centre (Monte Carlo Inn)
7255 Warden Avenue in Markham

Linda SwanLinda Swan is a senior software engineer at IBM working in DB2 for i development in Rochester MN. For the past 12 years Linda has worked on the SQE query optimizer team in various roles including team lead, add function development and customer support. For the past three years Linda has focused on Query Optimization field support, particularly query performance analysis and tuning. Read More Read More

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TUG TEC 2014 "i Can Do IT"

Scott Klement21st Annual Technical Education Conference
April 24-25, 2014 • Seneca @ York

Speaker Profile

In each issue of TUG Buzz between now and the conference, we will feature one of our fantastic TEC 2014 speakers. This time it's Scott Klement.

Scott Klement is a Product Developer at Profound Logic Software, a Senior Technical Editor for iPro Developer magazine, a Subject Matter Expert (SME) at COMMON in the areas of Application Development, RPG, and RPG Certification, and an IBM Champion for Power Systems. Although Scott has been honored with more than a dozen awards for both speaking and writing on IBM i topics, his friends will tell you that he’s really just a computer geek.

Scott's Sessions at TEC 2014:

    • Accessing External Databases from RPG
    • Getting Started with APIs from RPG
    • Providing RPG Web Services on IBM i
    • RPG and the IFS
    • Three Approaches To Web With RPG
    • RPG User-defined Functions (UDFs) & Table Functions (UDTFs)

Conference Prices

    Full Conference Rate:
        • TUG Members $695 (plus HST)
        • Non-members $795 (plus HST)
  TEC 2014 PDF brochure

TEC is the Toronto Users Group’s annual Technical Education Conference. This year, once again, we will be conducting the event at the York University Keele Street Campus in conjunction with Seneca College, with a new and exciting agenda! We have a very intense lineup of main themes including, but not limited to:
    • Performance Management
    • Web and Mobile Development on IBM i
    • IBM i & RPG Application Development
    • Modernizing your IBM i Applications
    • Accessing and Optimizing IBM i data
    • IBM i System Management

We have invited some of the industry’s top speakers, including: Tim Rowe, Aaron Bartell, Jim Cooper, Susan Gantner, Charles Guarino, Jackie Jansen, Scott Klement, Kent Milligan, Barbara Morris, Jon Paris, Robin Tatam, John Valance, Eden Watt, and many others! *

* Speaker names subject to change. (Not all have confirmed their availability.)

Register for TEC2014 at: www.tug.ca/reg_meet_form.php

TECRegister (as a TEC EXPO sponsor) online at:
www.tug.ca/tec/sponsorRegForm.php Read More

Download the Sponsor Invitation (PDF) at: www.tug.ca/tec/tec2014_Sponsor-Invitation.pdf Read More

Download the TEC 2014 conference brochure (PDF) at: www.tug.ca/tec/tec2014_brochure.pdf Read More

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TUG Golf Classic 2014

We will be back again at St. Andrews Valley on June 26, 2014, but in order to book the course, we had to promise a minimum of 72 players. So we need everyone to book early.

Download the flyer at: www.tug.ca/Golf/TUG-Golf-2014.PDF

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iDev Cloud

Sign up now for iDevCloud! You will be able to:

  • Share between multiple developers
  • Get private library and storage
  • Have access to most of the IBM i development tools
  • Select i7.1… for now and move to 8.1 as soon as available.
  • Have All compilers for IBM i tools available

The Performance is monitored by system managers with adjustments as needed. The system is accessible at anytime from anywhere in the world. Just a computer and an internet connection are needed. Any work done on the system stays on the system until removed by its owner.

Contact Leo Lefebvre at leo@tug.ca to get started.

(*Free startup for TUG members.)

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Message from a TUG Gold Sponsor Member

Media contact:
James A. Kandrac, President
216.520.1333 jak@ucgrp.com

For Immediate Release

Vanguard Systems, Inc. partners with UCG to offer Backup as a Service (BAAS) to clients  

Enhanced scan, store, retrieve, protect, and recover capabilities now available to clients worldwide


INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (March 3, 2014)—United Computer Group, Inc. (UCG), an information technology services firm, and Vanguard Systems, Inc., a global supplier of Enterprise Document Management Systems, today announced a new partnership agreement. The new agreement enables Vanguard to offer UCG’s VAULT400 Backup as a Service (BAAS) and remote hardware disaster recovery to clients nationwide.

For over 25 years, Vanguard Systems, Inc. has supported a diverse client base across the globe including several fortune 100 companies. Vanguard provides a suite of document imaging, forms design, workflow, data extraction, and content management solutions. United Computer Group, Inc., in addition to VAULT400 BAAS, has delivered value-based technology solutions for the IBM mid-range market for over 27 years, serving 1,500+ clients worldwide.

David Engberg, President of Vanguard Systems, Inc. said, “This agreement enables Vanguard to offer clients a turnkey solution—scan, store, retrieve, protect and recover. The UCG VAULT400 offering will be available in SAAS, appliances, and software licensing depending on raw data requirements of 10GB to >100TB.”  Vanguard clients’ data will be available 7/24/365 for immediate recovery of granular files or in totality.  Options are available for remote hardware RTO of 72/24/12 or < 1 hour.  

“We are excited and eager to move forward with UCG, a company that has had a noticeable impact on the IBM mid-market with its BAAS and remote hardware DR offerings,” stated Bill Wilson, Vice President of Sales for Vanguard Systems. Vanguard’s selection of UCG’s solution was made after a comprehensive evaluation process from a variety of cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions.

“UCG is pleased to have been selected by Vanguard and look forward to being their clients’ provider for a wide range of remote data storage and disaster recovery solutions. Vanguard clients will benefit and can leverage our knowledge to obtain a solution that best suits their requirements”, says Jim Kandrac, UCG’s founder and president.  “With solutions that cover a broad spectrum, we are unbiased and can do what’s best for Vanguard clients.”

About United Computer Group, Inc. and VAULT400
ucgrp.com • vault400.com

UCG provides cost-effective technology products, services, and solutions customized to fit the needs of their clients. Founded in 1987, UCG is an IBM Advanced Business Partner specializing in mid-market and enterprise clients. UCG has been rated in the top 1% of IBM Business Partners nationwide.

UCG’s VAULT400 is a premier managed risk mitigation and business continuity planning service for secure online backup and disaster recovery. VAULT400 backs up an entire organization’s business-critical data to UCG’s secure data centers. Safe and off-site, the encrypted data is available online at all times for immediate, user-initiated recovery. VAULT400 works seamlessly within an organization’s existing infrastructure with no additional hardware required.

About Vanguard Systems, Inc.
Vanguard Systems, Inc. is headquartered outside of Philadelphia, PA, with satellite offices in Ohio and California. Vanguard provides a suite of document imaging, forms design, workflow, data extraction, and content management solutions, making the power of information instantly available anywhere across the enterprise. Vanguard provides their clients with a seamless solution covering the entire document lifecycle.

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